Peace is one of those words that has come to mean so many different things to different people that we’ve lost how it was originally used by Jesus. We most often think of peace as the absence of conflict or strife; but it’s much more than that.
Peace is more about a sense of being whole or complete. It’s about possessing adequate resources no matter what the need. And it’s more of an inner state of being than anything dependant on external circumstances.
Consider what Jesus told His disciples as He was preparing them for His upcoming death, burial, resurrection and departure from this life to return to the Father.
I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught. ~ John 14:27 (MSG)
Describing this same peace of God to the believers in Philippi the Apostle Paul wrote:
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7
So why isn’t this peace of God that goes beyond our ability to fully comprehend more evident in you and me? How can we come to experience such peace; this sense of being well and whole? By keeping company with God!
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ~ Psalm 23:4
This new year will certainly be filled with it’s share of ups and downs. While we can’t know all that 2011 holds for us, we can know the peace of God that is able to sustain us through anything that might be coming our way.
What are you doing to pursue intimacy with our Prince of Peace?